South Wellington Circuit (bushwalking) Route Details

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Introduction

Pleasant woodland walking

Conditions

At least half of the walk time is offtrack

Hazards and warnings

Scrub and need for navigation ability

Detailed description

This is lovely area of snow gum and open woodland, often with areas of flattish country. But should only be attempted if competent at navigation and walking in untracked country
The approach is from the Springs on Mt wellington up the Ice House Track and then walk along the lower South Wellington plateau to the North West Bay river

Narrative

When Dave collected me at 8AM it was lightly raining but by the time we reached Robyn's house it had just about stopped and things were brightening up as we commenced the walk from the Springs.  The Ice House track had been cleared of scrub and some track improvements had taken place since last there; including a few small switchbacks on the early section and a some hardening on the upper area.  Morning tea was at Smiths Monument and from there it was off-track along the pleasant woodland of the lower South Wellington plateau and onto the North West Bay River.  The only resisting scrub was found just prior to reaching the river. 

The river was followed upstream for 900 metres and then a scrubby section was crossed to pick up the Thark Ridge track, along this to near Big Bend, then a bit on the road before ducking down the Zig Zag to the car.This is lovely area of snow gum and open woodland, often with areas of flattish country. But should only be attempted if competent at navigation and walking un untracked country
The approach is from the Springs on Mt wellington up the Ice House Track and then walk along the lower South Wellington plateau to the North West Bay river

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